A 90th birthday is always cause for celebration: A nice big cake, a few dozen candles. But when Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, turns 90, the world takes notice (and with more than just a pastry.)
According to royal records, Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2:40 a.m. on April 21, 1926 in Mayfair, London, and she’s led a pretty busy life ever since. Over her reign, she’s worked alongside international diplomats and policymakers like Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; she trained as an auxiliary driver and mechanic in World War II; and she’s traveled to over 120 countries.
And while there are varying reports when it comes to the exact number of territories she’s visited in during her tenure, rest assured that Queen Elizabeth has traveled more than any other reigning sovereign.
So we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Her Majesty than to take a look back at her life on the road, in the air, and all over the world.
Michelle Gross is an Editorial Producer and Contributing Writer at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mtothegnyc.